Calculation and reduction of sound radiation from a thin plate structure excited by complex inputs

Dongjoon Kim, No Cheol Park

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This paper presents a new method to compute the sound radiation emanating from a thin plate structure due to complex inputs that include normal force and in-plane bending moments. A set of new formulas for the sound radiation of baffled and unbaffled plates are derived by substituting the moment components of the plates with the equivalent couples using finite difference analysis. This approach allows to calculate sound power purely by the input location and amplitude of each component. Thus, it enables faster, more accurate calculations than the existing methods such as the average radiation efficiency analysis and the radiation mode analysis. Based on these calculations, the vibroacoustic characteristics of a simply supported rectangular plate are analyzed. The computational results are in good agreement with the finite element analysis results. It is suggested to keep the grid spacing less than 2.5% of the shortest dimension of the target structure to accurately calculate the moment mobility. Accurate sound power can also be obtained by downsampling the grid to satisfy ka<0.2 within the frequency band of interest. Furthermore, a sound reduction method is proposed by analyzing each structural mode's contribution to the sound radiation. Using the proposed methodology, sound power at a specific frequency or multi-frequency range can be reduced or amplified by changing the location and angle of the complex inputs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115517
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 13

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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